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Three LeT militants who killed constable shot dead

Srinagar, July 22: Three militants, who tortured and killed a trainee police constable on Saturday, were killed on Sunday in a gunfight with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district, police said. A police statement said that in a significant breakthrough, concerted efforts of the security forces resulted in the elimination of the prime accused involved in Saturday’s abduction and killing of Constable Muhammad Saleem.

The constable had come home on leave from Kathua Police Training School. The security forces launched searches in Redwani area in Kulgam early in the morning after getting credible inputs about the presence of the terrorists in a cluster of houses. Police said no collateral damage occurred in the encounter. The dead militants were identified as Muawiya, a Pakistani, Suhail Ahmad Dar of Redwani Balaa and Mudassar alias Rahaan of Katarsoo. As per police records, the slain terrorists were affiliated with the outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen.

“Mauwiya’s involvement was established in a number of civilian killings. Suhail, who was working as a labourer earlier after he had dropped out from school, had later joined a terror outfit,” the police statement said. (IANS)